Semi-official Taiwan think tank joins Quantum Alliance Initiative

Taipei, A semi-official national security think tank from Taiwan announced Saturday that it has joined the Hudson Institute's Quantum Alliance Initiative (QAI), which was launched to establish shared standards in quantum technology amid the rising threat posed by quantum computing.

"This is a critical alliance in science and technology among democratic countries. The participation of the Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR) is very strategic," said Su Tzu-yun chief of INDSR's Division of National Defense Resources and Industries, in a press release.

A series of proposed standards were developed by a consortium of 18 institutions, universities and companies from eight countries in late 2018.

Those standards were submitted to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) last week and will be discussed at an ITU Telecommunication Standardization Section (ITU-T) meeting in Geneva later this month.

"Following this, the institute will be better placed to support the information technology industry, participate in formulating standards to ensure the timely upgrading of information security and its related industries," Su was quoted as saying in the statement.

According to INSDR, the mission of QAI is to develop policies that guide the creation of a robust quantum ecosystem, in which the United States and its allies become global leaders in quantum technology, because anticipating the threat to cybersecurity presented by quantum computing is important for safeguarding democracy and prosperity.

The proposed recommendations are the first ever standards for global quantum key distribution (QKD) and quantum random number generators (QRNG) and will be adopted voluntarily as industry standards by the participating organizations. They are expected to facilitate and accelerate the development of those technologies.

The INSDR supports the Hudson Institute's mission in quantum technology, which stems from the inevitable challenge posed by advances in quantum computing to national security and the economy, it noted.

Officially launched in May 2018, the government-funded INDSR is a semi-official think tank responsible for studying and offering advice to the government on national security issues.

It is chairman by Feng Shih-kuan who served as defense minister from May 2016-February 2018.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel